Should Health Exchanges Be Renamed

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Wall Street Journal reports that the phrase confuses consumers in focus groups. Meanwhile, Papa John’s CEO and founder John Schnatter, who is a fundraiser for Mitt Romney, told shareholders last week that the health care law is going to raise the company’s costs, which he vowed to pass onto consumers.The Wall Street Journal: Puzzling Over What To Call State Insurance ExchangesHealth-insurance exchanges are a central part of the Obama administration’s health overhaul, serving as marketplaces for people to shop for coverage. But states trying to set them up are finding many people don’t know what an exchange is and don’t necessarily like the sound of it. … The word exchange “raises some suspicions of loopholes and fine print” and “implies current coverage may needed to be traded for something else,” wrote communications company GMMB in a presentation to the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange. Part of the problem, GMMB said, was that the word was “perceived as a verb and unfamiliar as a noun” and reminded people of the New York Stock Exchange or military exchange stores (Radnofsky, 8/7).KHN’s earlier, related coverage: What’s In A Name: Health Exchanges, Marketplaces … Or Swap Meets (Jaffe, 5/10).Politico: Papa John’s: ‘Obamacare’ Will Raise Pizza PricesPizza chain Papa John’s told shareholders that President Obama’s health care law will cost consumers more on their pizza. On a conference call last week, CEO and founder John Schnatter (a Mitt Romney supporter and fundraiser) said the health care law’s changes — set to go into effect in 2014 — will result in higher costs for the company — which they vowed to pass onto consumers (Tau, 8/7). Should ‘Health Exchanges’ Be Renamed?last_img read more

For Nurses Long Shifts Equal Burn Out

first_imgFor Nurses, Long Shifts Equal Burn Out Medpage Today: Nurses Burn Out On Long ShiftsHospital nurses working longer hours were associated with higher levels of burnout, patient dissatisfaction, and safety issues, a study found. Having nurses work shifts of 13 or more hours was associated with increased patient dissatisfaction, a study published in the November issue of Health Affairs found. Also, nurses working shifts of 10 or more hours were two-and-a-half-times more likely than those working shorter shifts to experience job dissatisfaction and intention to leave the job (Pittman, 11/8).The Associated Press: Dean: Need For Nebraska Nurses Expected To GrowNebraska already faces a shortage of nurses and primary care doctors, but a top dean at the University of Nebraska Medical Center said Thursday that the need will grow even more under the federal health care law. Juliann Sebastian, dean of the university’s College of Nursing, said the increase in insured Nebraskans as a result of the law will prompt more to visit doctors’ offices for preventative care (Schulte, 11/8). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

OMB Finds Deficit Shrinking But Poised To Rise Without Entitlement Fixes

first_imgOMB Finds Deficit Shrinking But Poised To Rise Without Entitlement Fixes The White House budget office expects the deficit to go down to $496 billion in 2018 before heading to $593 billion in 2022.The New York Times: Projections Show U.S. Budget Deficit Will Shrink The federal budget deficit will fall to $759 billion for the fiscal year that ends this September, a $214 billion improvement from the projection made in March, as spending cuts, tax increases and an improving economy begin to tame the government’s red ink, the White House budget office said on Monday. … But absent structural changes to Medicare and Social Security, the forecast makes clear that such short-run improvements may not last. The White House projected the deficit to bottom out at $496 billion in 2018, then start ticking back up to $593 billion in 2022 (Weisman, 7/8). The Washington Post: OMB Shrinks Its Budget Deficit Forecast Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said the budget projections were worrisome. “Ominously, the president provides no serious proposal for strengthening and preserving our unsustainable Medicare and Social Security programs,” he said in a statement. “The president’s plan is simply to tax more in order to spend more: avoiding any attempt at reducing the waste and inefficiency that plagues the federal budget” (Goldfarb, 7/8). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Enforcement Of Health Law Mandate A Crucial Test For IRS

first_imgEnforcement Of Health Law Mandate A ‘Crucial Test’ For IRS The Washington Post reports that enforcing the requirement that almost all Americans have health insurance represents the biggest boost in the agency’s responsibilities in decades. A USA Today story looks at how the analysis of large data sets, such as medication usage or hospital readmissions, is being driven by industry trends as well as the health law, and is enabling providers and policymakers to make smarter decisions.The Washington Post: For Beleaguered IRS, A Crucial Test Still Awaits After Troubled Rollout Of Health-Care LawThe success of the Affordable Care Act could ultimately turn on the performance of an agency that has so far eluded the public spotlight amid the program’s tumultuous rollout. Whether the new law can be enforced will be up to the Internal Revenue Service, an already beleaguered agency charged under the act with carrying out nearly four dozen new tasks in what represents the biggest increase in its responsibilities in decades. None is more crucial than enforcing the requirement that all citizens secure health insurance or pay a penalty (Hamburger and Kliff, 11/24).USA Today: Analysis Of Huge Data Sets Will Reshape Health CareInsurers will soon reassess how they predict costs; patients will let doctors know what medications won’t work with their particular genomes; and researchers will look at hospital records in real time to determine the cheapest, most effective ways to treat patients — all because of developments in what is known as big data. Driven by industry trends and the Affordable Care Act, the analysis of large sets of data, such as medication usage or hospital readmissions, has enabled health care providers and policymakers to make smarter decisions and predict future trends (Kennedy, 11/24).Kaiser Health News: Health Law Enrollment Efforts For Asian Americans Face Challenges Of Language Diversity, Cultural DifferencesBut there is no easy prescription for reaching such a diverse group. Health care workers and advocates must consider dozens of languages and dialects — from Bengali to Tagalog — when communicating with the approximately 3 million Asian Americans who have trouble speaking and understanding English. In addition, their religions, cultures and socioeconomic status add complexity to the challenge of developing educational campaigns (Rao, 11/24).CNN: CNN Analysis: No Obamacare Subsidy For Some Low-Income AmericansOne of the basic tenets of Obamacare is that the government will help lower-income Americans — anyone making less than about $45,900 a year — pay for the health insurance everyone is now mandated to have. But a CNN analysis shows that in the largest city in nearly every state, many low-income younger Americans won’t get any subsidy at all. Administration officials said the reason so many Americans won’t receive a subsidy is that the cost of insurance is lower than the government initially expected (Aigner-Treworgy, 11/23).Other media outlets look at how states are responding to the White House’s recommendation to extend canceled insurance policies in the individual market – Fox News: States Rejecting Obama’s ‘Fix’ Shows Plan Will Have Little Impact On Improving ObamaCareConnecticut is the most recent state to reject President Obama’s plan to “fix” his signature health-care law after millions of Americas received policy cancellation notices — a trend that suggests the president’s proposed solution will have little impact on the issue. At least eight others states — California, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington — have rejected the president’s Nov. 14 proposal that insurance companies offer plans that don’t comply with ObamaCare requirements for at least a year. Connecticut decided Friday (11/23). The Oregonian: Nine Oregon Health  Insurers Opt To Renew Cancelled Individual Policies Nine insurance companies will extend individual health policies that were supposed to be cancelled at year end, though the range of the extensions differed, Oregon officials said today. PacificSource Health Plans and Moda Health Plan Inc. will grant three-month extensions to individuals whose insurance policies were to be cancelled Dec. 31 because they didn’t meet federal health reform requirements. The others – covering about 60 percent of the individual market – will extend such policies through all of 2014, the Oregon Insurance Division said (Hunsberger, 11/22). The Star Tribune: Health Beat: Weighing Impact Of Obamacare’s Broken Promise President Obama’s “you-can-keep-your-plan” promise has undermined public confidence in Obamacare, polls show, because it turned out to be a promise he couldn’t keep. But while Obama’s promise was off, the impact has been exaggerated — especially in states like Minnesota — according to a new analysis by Families USA, an advocacy group that favors the new law (Olson, 11/23). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Electronic Health Record Vendors Criticized For Making Information Sharing Difficult

first_img The Food and Drug Administration has announced a new program that will bring medical devices for life-threatening conditions to the market faster by shortening the up-front review process. On April 15, the agency will launch an “Expedited Access Program” for device makers seeking to bring the products to market, particularly those for unmet medical needs. The program will rely heavily on data collected once the products are commercially available. (Gustin, 4/9) The Wall Street Journal: Obama Administration Report Slams Digital Health Records Electronic Health Record Vendors Criticized For Making Information Sharing Difficult A report by the Obama administration lists complaints about the systems used and fees charged by companies to store and share digital health records. In other agency news, the Food and Drug Administration is set to expedite medical device reviews in cases of life-threatening conditions. And at NIH, researchers say that oversight paperwork is getting in the way of their work. At the National Institutes of Health’s wooded campus northwest of Washington, America’s top medical researchers work in state-of-the-art labs to find a cure for cancer, map the brain and care for patients with Ebola. If they want to leave, though, to meet with scientists around the world at scientific and medical conferences, they spend their time doing paperwork instead. (Edney, 4/9) The Obama administration took vendors of electronic health records to task for making it costly and cumbersome to share patient information and frustrating a $30 billion push to use digital records to improve quality and cut costs. The report, by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, listed a litany of complaints it has received about vendors allegedly charging hefty fees to set up connections and share patient records; requiring customers to use proprietary platforms; and making it prohibitively expensive to switch systems. (Beck, 4/10) center_img Bloomberg: The NIH Spends More On Travel Paperwork Than On Researching Hodgkin’s Disease CQ Healthbeat: FDA To Fast-Track Device Reviews For Dire Conditions This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

While In Las Vegas For Debate Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Woo Nevadas Culinary

first_img Sen. Bernie Sanders touted his record on veterans’ issues during Tuesday’s debate, citing his position as the former chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs when Congress provided billions of extra dollars to boost healthcare for veterans last year. … Yet some veterans groups and others criticize Sanders for what they call a lack of oversight of the VA, and for at times coming to its defense in the midst of the scandal that rocked the agency in 2014. (Griffin and Devine, 10/14) Los Angeles Times: Democratic Candidates Court Culinary Union, The Kingmaker Of Nevada No news is good news for biotechs. The Nasdaq Biotechnology Index is getting reprieve Wednesday, up 1.9% midday versus the S&P 500’s 0.1% decline, after the recently contentious topic of drug pricing received little attention in Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential candidate debate. … Despite Mrs. Clinton being vocal about her disdain for drug costs lately, the topic only briefly came up during Tuesday’s debate when candidates were asked which enemy they are most proud of. Mrs. Clinton named drug companies in a list that also included health insurance companies, Iranians, Republicans and the National Rifle Association. (Scholer, 10/14) While In Las Vegas For Debate, Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Woo Nevada’s Culinary Union High on the 55,000-member union’s wish list is a repeal of the health law’s “Cadillac” tax. Meanwhile, news outlets continue to examine aspects of Tuesday night’s debate, including health care for people who are in the U.S. illegally. Largely absent from the discussion, however, was mention of Planned Parenthood. And the minimal focus given to drug pricing issues made biotech stocks rebound on Wednesday. Over the last year, California politicians have been blazing a trail many doubted the rest of the country would follow: offering free healthcare to hundreds of thousands of people in the country illegally. But on Tuesday, presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton took a stance on the contentious issue during a televised Democratic debate, boosting it onto a prominent national stage. (Karlamangla, 10/14) CNN: Sanders Stretched Truth On VA Record During Debate, Some Vets Say The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Democratic Debate Spotlights Health Care For Illegal Immigrants This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.center_img Let’s acknowledge this off the top. A certain set of videos, congressional hearings, efforts to defund a large organization and a big announcement from that same agency that it would change the terms of its fetal tissue program have occupied a lot of time and attention over the last few months. But Tuesday night, it seemed as if the words “abortion” and “Planned Parenthood” almost went missing from the first Democratic debate. (Ross, 10/14) The Washington Post’s The Fix: Abortion And Planned Parenthood Were Absent From Tuesday’s Debate. Paid Leave Was Not. The Democratic debate made clear that the two leading candidates for the party’s presidential nomination both would allow illegal immigrants to buy coverage on government websites, but not much more. That’s about the same as the status quo. The 2010 health-care overhaul — supported by all the candidates on the stage Tuesday night — requires people to prove legal residency to shop for coverage on HealthCare.gov or obtain tax credits to help pay premiums. They also can’t enroll in Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor that also locks out many legal immigrants. The Obama administration extended those rules to children granted immigration enforcement reprieves under a 2012 executive action, and has said it would do the same for adults. (Radnofsky, 10/14) Los Angeles Times: Hillary Clinton Just Backed Healthcare For Immigrants In The U.S. Illegally The quest for union support already appears to have had an impact on the candidates’ positions on at least one issue. Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley have all called for repeal of the “Cadillac tax” in the Affordable Care Act, a 40% levy on certain generous employer-sponsored health coverage plans, which is set to take effect in 2018. Getting rid of that tax is a prime issue for the Culinary Union and other labor organizations that have negotiated substantial benefit plans for their members. (Lee, 10/15) The Wall Street Journal’s MoneyBeat: Biotechs Bounce After Receiving Little Focus In The Democratic Debate last_img read more

Doctors And The Malpractice Lawsuit Cycle

first_img Reuters: One Percent Of U.S. Docs Responsible For A Third Of Malpractice Payments One percent of all doctors account for 32 percent of all paid malpractice claims, and the more often a doctor is sued, the more likely he or she will be sued again. Researchers analyzed 10 years of paid malpractice claims using the National Practitioner Data Bank, a federal government database that includes 66,426 claims against 54,099 doctors. The study is in the New England Journal of Medicine. (Bakalar, 1/27) The New York Times: Doctors Who Get Sued Are Likely To Get Sued Again Just one out of every 100 U.S. doctors is responsible for 32 percent of the malpractice claims that result in payments to patients, according to a comprehensive study of 15 years’ worth of cases. And when a doctor has to pay out one claim, the chances are good that the same physician will soon be paying out on another, researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine. (Emery, 1/27) center_img Doctors And The Malpractice Lawsuit Cycle A study of 15 years of malpractice cases that resulted in payments to patients found that one percent of physicians accounts for 32 percent of all paid claims and if a doctor pays out once, the chances are good he or she will pay again. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

GOP Plan Scraps Mandate Rolls Back Medicaid And Replaces Subsidies With Tax

first_imgGOP Plan Scraps Mandate, Rolls Back Medicaid And Replaces Subsidies With Tax Credits House Republicans release their long-awaited plan, named the American Health Care Act, which protects some of the Affordable Care Act’s more popular provisions. House GOP leaders have also yet to release the official budget score that details the cost of the plan and how many people could lose insurance, a huge issue for moderates who fear blowback in their swing districts. “We are concerned that any poorly implemented or poorly timed change in the current funding structure in Medicaid could result in a reduction in access to life-saving health care services,” wrote the four Republican senators to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Signatories included Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska—Republicans from states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare. (Bade, Demko and Haberkorn, 3/6) Politico Pro: Who Wins And Loses Under The American Health Care Act?  Monday’s release is the first time a replacement plan with backing from House leaders has been prepared for a floor vote and put into legislative text, rather than merely a broad blueprint, in the seven years that Republicans have called for a repeal of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement. (Williams and Mershon, 3/6) The Associated Press: Highlights Of House GOP Health Care Legislation House committees planned to begin voting on the 123-page legislation Wednesday, launching what could be the year’s defining battle in Congress. GOP success is by no means a slam dunk. In perhaps their riskiest political gamble, the plan is expected to cover fewer than the 20 million people insured under Obama’s overhaul, including many residents of states carried by President Donald Trump in November’s election. (Fram and Alonso-Zaldivar, 3/6) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Los Angeles Times: Read The Bill: GOP Proposal For Replacing Obamacare McClatchy: Republicans Offer Their Bill To Repeal Obamacare CQ Roll Call: GOP Releases Legislative Text For Obamacare Overhaul The Wall Street Journal: Some Key Changes Under Proposed Obamacare Overhaul The Washington Post: House Republicans Release Long-Awaited Plan To Replace Obamacare “Today marks an important step toward restoring healthcare choices and affordability back to the American people,” the White House said in a statement, adding Trump looked forward to working with Congress on replacing Obamacare. (Cornwell and Abutaleb, 3/6) Bloomberg: Republicans Unveil Health Care Bill To Bridge Gaps In Party  Texas Tribune: Rep. Doggett: Obamacare Repeal Bill Goes To U.S. House Committees Wednesday  Reuters: U.S. Republicans Unveil Plan To Dismantle Obamacare, Critics Pounce Gives states a $100 billion fund over a decade to help lower-income people afford insurance, and to help stabilize state insurance markets. The fund could be used to help lower patients’ out of pocket costs or to promote access to preventive services. (Tracer, Edney and Dennis, 3/6) The bill released by House Republicans on Monday night doesn’t have an official CBO score or coverage estimates yet, so it’s hard to measure its full impact on Americans needing coverage, or health plans and providers. But there are several groups that stand to clearly gain — or lose — under the plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (Diamond, 3/6) USA Today: House Republicans Unveil Obamacare Replacement Bill [The bill] would still allow adult children to stay on their parents’ plans until age 26. And the bill would not repeal the popular provision barring insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing health problems. Instead, to keep people from buying coverage only when they need it, insurers could raise premiums 30% for those jumping back into the market. (Groppe, 3/6) center_img House Republicans on Monday released long-anticipated legislation to supplant the Affordable Care Act with a more conservative vision for the nation’s health-care system, replacing federal insurance subsidies with a new form of individual tax credits and grants to help states shape their own policies. (Goldstein, DeBonis and Snell, 3/6) The GOP bill that would potentially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will be taken up by two U.S. House committees on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett said Monday. … Republicans released new legislation Monday evening that effectively repeals Obamacare and introduces a health care payment system based on monthly tax credits. The credit amounts depend on a person’s age, with individuals over the age of 60 receiving $4,000 a year, the maximum amount. Under the new bill, federal funds will used to expand Medicaid will be suspended by 2020 and people will no longer have to be on an insurance plan. (Alfaro, 3/6) The Associated Press: House GOP Releases Bill Replacing Obama Health Care Overhaul This is House Re­pub­lic­ans’ plan to re­place the Af­ford­able Care Act, also known as Obama­care. They re­leased the pro­pos­al Monday. (3/6) Modern Healthcare: The Battle Begins As House Republicans Release ACA Repeal Bill  The Hill: GOP Hits The Gas On ObamaCare Repeal  The bill would replace Obamacare’s income-based subsidies with tax credits based more heavily on age, wipe out the individual mandate, cut federal funding for local public health programs, bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal money and phase out enhanced funding for newly-eligible Medicaid recipients. (Pugh and Daugherty, 3/6) The New York Times: House Republicans Unveil Plan To Replace Health Law Here are highlights of the legislation unveiled Monday by House Republicans as they move to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s health care law and replace it with a system designed along conservative lines. (3/7) Politico: GOP Unveils Obamacare Replacement Amid Sharp Party Divide The House plan calls for age-based tax credits ranging from $2,000 to $4,000, replacing the Affordable Care Act’s income-based subsidies. Credits for a single household would be limited at $14,000. Subsidies would be phased out for individuals earning $75,000 and at $150,000 for families. (Demko, 3/6) The House Republican bill would roll back the expansion of Medicaid that has provided coverage to more than 10 million people in 31 states, reducing federal payments for many new beneficiaries. It also would effectively scrap the unpopular requirement that people have insurance and eliminate tax penalties for those who go without. The requirement for larger employers to offer coverage to their full-time employees would also be eliminated. People who let their insurance coverage lapse, however, would face a significant penalty. (Pear and Kaplan, 3/6) Sources said previous versions of the plan faced unfavorable coverage numbers from the CBO. (Sullivan, 3/6) Insurers would be allowed to charge their oldest customers more than they do now. Under current law, they can charge older people three times the amount they charge their youngest customers. That would rise to five times the amount they charge young people. (Hackman, 3/6) To pass the bill through the reconciliation process and avoid a Senate Democratic filibuster, Republicans will have to convince the Senate parliamentarian that all the provisions of the bill are germane to the budget. And the bill can’t be deemed to increase the federal deficit 10 years or more from now. Some of the bill’s insurance market changes may have a tough time surviving those procedural tests. (Meyer, 3/6) The ObamaCare repeal bill unveiled by the House Monday includes language that would defund Planned Parenthood for a year. It’s the same language included in the 2015 repeal bill that passed Congress but was vetoed by President Obama. The language, if passed, would block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid reimbursements. Defunding Planned Parenthood has long been a goal of Republicans because it provides abortions, even though they are already legally prohibited from using federal funds for the procedure. (Hellmann, 3/6) The Hill: ObamaCare Repeal Bill Would Defund Planned Parenthood Politico: Obamacare Repeal Bill Offers Tax Credits, Big Medicaid Changes last_img read more

Even Going To InNetwork Hospitals Can Land You With A Big Medical

first_imgEven Going To In-Network Hospitals Can Land You With A Big Medical Bill When patients go to an in-network facility, they can still be treated by an out-of-network medical professional–anesthesia or pathology claims being among the most common. About 1 in 6 hospital stays for patients enrolled in large employer health plans results in out-of-network bills, which tend to be costly and not fully covered by insurance, according to an analysis released Monday. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) study of medical bills from large employer plans found that 18 percent of inpatient admissions result in out-of-network claims. (Hellmann, 8/13) The Hill: Patients Often End Up With Expensive Medical Bills, Even When They Go To In-Network Facilities: Analysis  center_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Trumps metal tariffs contradict new NAFTA and will have to go says

first_img China suspends tariff hikes on $126 billion of U.S. cars, auto parts Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia FreelandCanadian Press/Adrian Wyld December 19, 20186:38 AM ESTLast UpdatedDecember 19, 20187:45 AM EST Filed under News Economy Mike Blanchfield Share this storyTrump’s metal tariffs ‘contradict’ new NAFTA and will have to go, says Chrystia Freeland Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Join the conversation → Facebook More 0 Comments Email The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs contradict a key component of the new North American trade agreement — the pivotal section on autos — which will ultimately lead to their demise, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says.U.S. businesses are making that argument, and Freeland told The Canadian Press that gives momentum to Canada’s ongoing efforts to have the levies lifted in 2019.The minister said Canada’s fight to remove the tariffs, imposed by the U.S. president, is being aided by the broader calls from American business to have them to be lifted before the new continental trade pact is ratified.Steel, aluminum tariffs negatively impacting one-third of Canadian exporters: pollUSMCA signed, but not yet sealed and delivered. Stay tuned‘This has been a battle’: Canada signs onto new NAFTA trade deal on sidelines of G20 summitTheir argument centres on the fact that a major section of the new agreement — known as the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement, or CUSMA — focuses on raising the content requirements of North American-built cars, Freeland said. The rules on origin for automobiles were a key sticking point throughout the contentious 14-month renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.During the negotiation, Trump also imposed a 25-per-cent tariff on Canadian and Mexican steel and 10-per-cent on aluminum, using a section of U.S. trade law that gives the Oval Office the authority to do so under a national security provision.Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have assailed the so-called section 232 tariffs as illegal and insulting given the close military and security relationship between Canada and the U.S.Freeland said that U.S. businesses are having a hard time swallowing the fact that there is a tariff on a key component of autos — steel and aluminum.“There is an internal contradiction in having tariffs on Canadian steel even as there is a built-in requirement for North American steel. So I do feel the Canadian case, which has always been very strong, is only getting stronger,” Freeland said.Canada, the United States and Mexico signed the new agreement on Nov. 30 but it needs to be ratified by each of their legislatures — which could make for a bumpy ride through the U.S. Congress after the Democrats recently won control of the House of Representatives.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada has plenty of support among U.S. lawmakers and business as it continues to press for the removal of the tariffs.“We have a broad alignment both on the benefits of trade between Canada and the United States, the negative impacts of tariffs that we hear from members of Congress, from business leaders and governors — how much they are very much aligned with us in trying to remove these unfair tariffs on steel and aluminum,” Trudeau said interview last Friday with The Canadian Press.Last week in Washington, Freeland said she and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan made the case for tariff removal once again with their counterparts, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.She said Sajjan pushed the issue hard with Mattis. “His voice is very relevant because after all there is a national security pretext.”Freeland also met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, her counterpart in the NAFTA talks, to push the point.Ultimately, it will be the U.S. Department of Commerce that decides the tariff question, but Freeland said Ottawa’s approach is “to keep banging away” at multiple U.S. departments.“Because the national security pretext is the rationale, this is not solely a conversation with USTR or commerce. It’s also a conversation with state and defence and we are not shy about raising it.”Trump’s ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft, said the commerce department is actively engaged in making a decision on the tariffs.“It’s an ongoing conversation within our commerce department, and I know that they are actively engaged in trying to make a decision,” Craft told a small group of reporters in Ottawa last week.She said the recent signing of the new trade agreement was a good sign. “Now that it has been signed, and we’ve had dialogue on steel and aluminum, that in itself is goodwill.” What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generationcenter_img Comment Our trade with China is bigger than you think — and exporters are getting worried U.S.-China trade war distracting from talks with Canada on steel tariffs: Morneau Twitter Related Stories Reddit Featured Stories ← Previous Next → Sponsored By: advertisement Trump’s metal tariffs ‘contradict’ new NAFTA and will have to go, says Chrystia Freeland American business joins Canada’s call to end tariffs before USMCA ratifiedlast_img read more

National Bank misses expectations as profit hit by challenging markets

first_imgNational Bank misses expectations as profit hit by ‘challenging markets’ Earnings from its financial markets division drop 17% Comment Reddit February 27, 20196:55 AM ESTLast UpdatedFebruary 27, 20192:49 PM EST Filed under News FP Street MONTREAL — National Bank reported first-quarter net income of $552 million, up $2 million from the same period a year earlier.The Montreal-based lender’s earnings amounted to diluted earnings per share of $1.50 for the three-month period ended Jan. 31, up from $1.46 a year ago.That’s lower than the $1.54 in diluted earnings per share expected by analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon.The bank says its results this quarter were driven by growth in most of its businesses, tempered by a slowdown in its financial markets segment in the wake of the market volatility late last year.National Bank’s saw a year-over-year uptick in profit from Canadian retail banking, wealth management, and its U.S. specialty finance and international operations, but earnings from its financial markets division dropped 17 per cent from one year ago.Chief executive Louis Vachon says the bank delivered a “good performance despite challenging markets.”“We continue to benefit from the diversification of our business, a strong Quebec economy and our prudent approach to risk. Credit quality remains excellent, and the Bank posted solid capital ratios,” Vachon said in a statement. National Bank says its results this quarter were driven by growth in most of its businesses, tempered by a slowdown in its financial markets segment in the wake of the market volatility late last year.Canadian Press What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation ← Previous Next → Join the conversation → Sponsored By: advertisementcenter_img Recommended For YouWorld leaders, Apple CEO offer tributes to Japanese studio after attackBritain and Sweden agree to co-operate on fighter plansChina will ease policy further, but saving big ammunition for potential shocks-sourcesWall St Week Ahead-Prospect of Fed cut pushing dividend investors into tech, energyU.S. ethanol plants expected to cut output on poor margins, oversupply Share this storyNational Bank misses expectations as profit hit by ‘challenging markets’ Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn 2 Comments Featured Stories The Canadian Press Facebook More Twitter Emaillast_img read more

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV First Drive Review

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Now On Sale In Japan Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 11, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News 17 photos Source: Electric Vehicle News Mitsubishi Updates 2019 Outlander PHEV With More Of Everything First Batch Of 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs Arrive In UK Britain’s favorite plug-in hybrid is as compelling an option as ever.In the four short years since Mitsubishi introduced the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, or PHEV, the unassuming family SUV has become a trailblazer. As the Qashqai brought SUVs into the mainstream 10 years ago, the Outlander has brought plug-in hybrids to the fore. It was the car that taught us environmentally friendly family cars needn’t be oddly shaped boxes like the Leaf or Prius. It was a planet-friendly, congestion charge-busting eco box, but one without the compromises of range or space or image.**This review comes to us via our partners over at Motor1 UK.It was a stroke of genius, and one that paid dividends for Mitsubishi – a brand that had previously been a small fish in a big pond. More than 100,000 Outlander PHEVs have been sold to date, and with the tide turning against diesel, its stock might be about to rise even further.More Outlander PHEV Info Mitsubishi certainly hopes so, and the Japanese company has refreshed its big hitter to ensure it continues to lead the plug-in charge.2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVFirst impressions?It might not look like Mitsubishi has changed all that much for the new Outlander, and there’s good reason for that – on the outside, at least, they haven’t. Yes, there’s a little bit of nip-tuck surgery here and there, with a new grille, lightly modified bumpers and a fresh rear spoiler, but that’s pretty much your lot.The cabin hasn’t changed much either, with a few new buttons and a revised instrument cluster joining the party, but it’s largely a case of same old, same old. It’s well put together and everything seems to work quite well, but it’s a bit bland.Don’t be fooled by the aesthetic consistency, though – the Outlander’s oily bits have had a near-total overhaul.A series of changes, including updated steering and revised suspension, are designed to improve the car’s handling, but the biggest changes involve the hybrid system.For those not yet initiated in the black art of the plug-in hybrid, the old Outlander PHEV used electric motors to power the front and rear wheels, while a 2-liter petrol engine could be used to charge the batteries once the 30-mile electric range had been used up or provide a bit more power.The newcomer works on much the same principle, but the old 2-liter engine has been replaced with a larger, more powerful 2.4-litre unit, while the electric motor on the rear axle has had a power boost, too. There’s also a slightly bigger battery, which enables the 2019 Outlander to manage 28 miles on electricity before the petrol engine kicks in.Official fuel economy figures have fallen slightly, too, although most drivers would still be delighted to manage 139 mpg, and all will be pleased to know that 46g/km CO2 emissions mean the Outlander PHEV is still exempt from paying London’s Congestion Charge.And for those wondering why the new car, complete with its larger battery, is less economical than its predecessor, it’s all down to the testing procedure. The new ‘real-world’ WLTP economy test, is far more stringent than its predecessor, and it’s brought the figures down noticeably.2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVHow does it drive?If you get the cars on the road (and refrain from driving as though your hair’s on fire), you’ll find that both the new car and its predecessor are capable of 30 miles on a charge. If anything, in fact, the new model might have slightly more range and possibly better economy. It’s difficult to tell on a single road test across varied terrain.What it definitely does have is more power. The engine’s only 14 bhp more powerful than before, and the rear motor has an advantage of just 13 bhp over its predecessor – it doesn’t sound like much, but it results in a half-second reduction in the 0-62 mph time.The seemingly small changes to the car’s steering and suspension have had a sizeable effect, too. The newcomer feels tauter and more composed than its predecessor, with the steering eliciting a sharper response from the front wheels.Sadly, the changes to the suspension have been less positive. The car’s lost some of its composure on uneven surfaces, and it feels a little wallowier than before.It’s quiet and refined in zero-emission electric mode, and the more potent motor allows the big SUV to travel at motorway cruising speeds without employing the help of the petrol engine. At those speeds, though, you really notice the absence of internal combustion, with wind and road noise becoming more prominent.At such speeds, though, the battery will soon run dry and the engine will kick in to provide assistance. It isn’t an especially noisy powerplant – certainly no worse than most four-cylinder diesels – but it does drone when it’s under load, particularly if you’re in ‘Sport’ mode.2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVShould I buy one?The plug-in hybrid Outlander is a slightly more capable car than its predecessor, but it still has its flaws. The cabin quality is reasonable, without being brilliant, and the looks are still neither here nor there. The 2019 car isn’t a massive step up from its forebears, either, so if you’re thinking of trading in a year-old PHEV, there’s no great rush.If you’re new to the hybrid market, though, or tempted by the prospect of an electric car but worried about range, the PHEV is as attractive a proposition as ever. If you have one of these and a short-ish commute (say 10 miles each way), as well as somewhere to charge overnight, you need never use petrol from Monday to Friday. But unlike a Renault Zoe or a Nissan Leaf, if you need to travel further afield at the weekend, the petrol engine makes that stress-free.Add in a relatively desirable SUV image, cheap company car tax and the bags of space on offer, then it’s easy to see how this car could tick an awful lot of boxes.2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVBASE PRICE £34,255*ENGINE 2.4-litre, four-cylinder petrol, plus two electric motorsTRANSMISSION Multimode eTransmissionOUTPUT 133bhp / 156lb ftDRIVE TYPE Four-wheel drive0-62 MPH 10.5secTOP SPEED 106mphFUEL ECONOMY 139mpg / 46g/kmSEATING CAPACITY 5CARGO VOLUME 463 litres read more

Autopilot Tops Super Cruise Capability Dinged For Driver Engagement

See Tesla’s New Navigate On Autopilot Feature In Action See What Tesla Autopilot Sees In Downtown Paris Drive Source: Electric Vehicle News In everyday usage, there’s no doubt that many would prefer Autopilot, especially if they are Tesla owners familiar with its proficiency at reading the roads and adjusting to traffic accordingly. And, despite it being referred to as a beta system and recommended for highway use only, it can be engaged anywhere. Did we mention that the system is constantly being improved upon and given even more functionality over time?Super Cruise, on the other hand, actually scores lower than Autopilot when it comes to basic functionality. It’s just not as capable and it’s also geo-fenced, meaning that it can only be used on certain highways. When it first rolled out, the number of roads where it would even turn on as quite limited, but that’s has grown over time and it now functions on a wide swath of our highway system.So how does the Cadillac system manage to beat out Tesla’s? It all comes down to safety and it seems here, Autopilot is a victim of its own success. Experts in the field contend that with increased confidence in a system, comes a greater liklihood a driver will be less attentive. Sure, the Tesla system does nag you visually and audibly if you stay hands-off for 20 seconds or so, but a car can cover a lot of ground in that time and, perhaps, find itself in a situation where it needs the driver to intervene.By contrast, the Super Cruise system employs a camera trained on the driver and monitors their eyes to see if they look away from the road. Close your eyes or turn your head for more than four seconds and the Caddy’s steering wheel lights up and it gives an audible warning. The seat may even vibrate.While Autopilot is expected to get even more improvements and features in an upcoming “Version 9” update, it still won’t have this sort of advanced driver monitoring, and so we expect it will continue to lag behind Super Cruise in these sorts of comparisons for some time. The Tesla Model 3 does have an interior camera that possibly could be adapted to this purpose, among other things, but there’s no indication that will happen. When CR contacted the company about whether its interior camera might be purposed with this driver monitoring task in the future, they were told by email the following:“It might be utilized in potential future features, which could be added to Model 3 with software releases. Customers will receive prior notice if/when Tesla decides to use it.“ Victim of its success.When it comes to advanced driving automation systems, most people might think that Tesla is king. Autopilot is, after all, one of the most popular features available in the Californian electric vehicles, and we’ve seen it tackle some pretty challenging stretches of road. Well, maybe not. In a comparison test of a number of systems by Consumer Reports, Cadillac’s Super Cruise actually came out on top. And this isn’t the first comparison of these two systems have reached that same conclusion. So, what is going on here? Let’s take a closer look.More Autopilot and Super Cruise here Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 4, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Consumer Reports Tesla Autopilot vs. Cadillac Super Cruise – Comparison Video read more

Analysis Tesla Pickup Truck Battery Size Range 060MPH Time

first_img Tesla Pickup Expedition Rendered As Ultimate Off-Road Camper In order to run our performance model, we had to turn the above description into a set of specific assumptions. A brief discussion of some of the more pertinent assumptions follows below.Battery size: 200 kWh with weight reduced 5% for further improvements between now and when the pickup is released by Tesla.Motor size: We used two Model 3 performance rear motors @ 300 HP each for a total of 600 HPSize and Aero Drag: This should be simple right? It’s a “big” truck according to Musk, but big is a relative term. We used the F150 Raptor for our frontal area calculations. One could argue we picked too small. We’ve seen renderings of the Tesla pick up with an F150 in its bed. So, yes, I suppose we picked one too small but everything’s a compromise. Bigger just means more aero drag and drag force goes up with the velocity squared. More drag=bigger battery, so Raptor size seemed a good compromise.Cd: We used the same as the Tesla semi=.36 since the shape in the renderings is similar to the Tesla semitruck. Also, Chrysler 1500 Regular Cab 4×2 has a drag coefficient of 0.360.Ford F150 Raptor frontal area used in drag calcs.-34 ft2 frontal area.Weight: This was a tough one. We started with Raptor weight, took out the engine and transmission then added 200 kWh of battery. For battery weight, we used the density of the Model 3 battery pack and reduced it another 5% for improvements between now and when the pickup is released. Model 3 pack is 13.1 #/kwh. That put our 200-kWh battery at 2490# and the total curb weight at 7640# for the Tesla pickup. As a crude comparison, two Model S P100D’s weigh just shy of 10,000 pounds. One could argue we did not pull enough weight out of the Raptor, but on the other hand the Raptor is 1000# lighter than an F250 w/Power stroke diesel. Therefore, we rounded up from 7640# to 8000# for the Tesla pickup. So we are 2000# lighter than two Tesla P100D’s and a tad heavier than a Raptor (minus engine and transmission plus 200-kWh battery).Tires: We used raptor tires= BFG 315/70 R17 All Terrain T/A K02 tires with 604 revs per mile. For a rolling resistance, we used .0126 coefficient. We made an effort to go on the high side with rolling resistance since the Raptor has a fairly aggressive tread. For comparison, a typical low rolling resistance class 8 semitruck tire can be as low as .006 coefficient. We use .011 for the 19” model 3 tires. We bumped that number up by another 15% to get the RR coefficient for the Tesla pickup truck. Perhaps a touch high, but we had to start somewhere.Gear Ratios: Once we had tire size we could size the gear ratios based on an assumption of max vehicle speed and max motor RPM. Gear ratios selected have a big influence on the 0-60-mph times. We ended up with a 15-to-1 gear ratio with a vehicle top speed of 110 mph, so we are slightly lower than the semi gear ratio but quite a bit higher than the sedans. Also, we used the same gear ratio in both front and back … probably not correct, but good enough for this stage of the game.There are quite a few more assumptions that go into the model. A full list is presented below.List of input parametersInput parameter valuesWhat do you think of the results. 200 kWh “feels right” to us. A 0-60-mph time faster than any other pickup on the street and 380 miles range is good.Hmm … sounds expensive!!How much money do you have?Let us know if you have better assumptions or spot an error in the ones we have listed. We will keep your suggestions in mind for any future model refinements.Thanks for reading.George and Keith In-Depth Discussion On The Tesla Pickup Truck Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 14, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Our model suggests that the upcoming Tesla Pickup Truck will have a 200 kWh battery, 380-mile range, and a 3.9 second 0-60-mph time.We don’t know much about the specifics of the Tesla Pickup Truck but what we do know was summarized in an Electrek article: Tesla pickup truck-Everything we know so far.More On The Upcoming Tesla Pickup Truck: Dual-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain with dynamic suspension will be standard on the truck.The truck will have a 240-volt connection for heavy-duty tools and even an air compressor to run air tools. The second part was a suggestion that Musk liked since the truck will already have a pneumatic system for the air suspension. ‘300,000 lbs of towing capacity’. That’s another tweet where you have to ask yourself ‘is he kidding?’, but he is most often not. Though I’d bet the actual rated capacity is going to be much lower and like the Model X, owners will be able to push the truck further. The Tesla Truck will have lockers.Musk said that ‘it will look like a truck’. I take this as he is not planning an overly different design because it’s electric. He mentioned that he likes the design of the old Bronco. Here’s a summary:It’s going to be a big truck. Musk said that it will feature a step that will lower to step into the truck and he said that Andre the Giant will be able to fit in the driver’s seat. Tesla Pickup Truck Shown During Semi Reveal It will be able to float. Musk referenced how the Model S is able to, but that’s up to a certain degree and it’s obviously not recommended. The Tesla Truck is going to be a 6-seater.It’s going to have an option for 400 to 500 miles of range “maybe higher” Musk previously said that platforms like the Model S and Model X would probably be capped at 125 kWh of energy capacity, but he said that the truck platform will offer an opportunity for a much bigger battery pack.last_img read more

VWs less than 30000 allelectric hatchback spotted testing

first_imgSource: Charge Forward VW is coming up with a highly anticipated Golf-size long-range all-electric hatchback that should cost less than $30,000 and be based on the MEB platform.The vehicle has now been spotted testing in South Africa. more…The post VW’s less than $30,000 all-electric hatchback spotted testing appeared first on Electrek.last_img

GM CEO Mary Barra says stay tuned about something to compete with

first_imgWhen asked about doing an electric pickup truck to compete with Tesla’s upcoming pickup, GM CEO Mary Barra gave a great non-answer that would make politicians proud, but she did tease us with a ‘stay tuned’. more…The post GM CEO Mary Barra says ‘stay tuned’ about something to compete with Tesla Pickup truck appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

NIO unveils new allelectric sedan and fastcharging station

first_imgNIO, a Chinese electric vehicle startup that has been dubbed the ‘Tesla of China’, unveiled a new electric sedan, NIO ET Preview, and its own fast-charging station at the Shanghai Auto Show today. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe the podcast. Source: Charge Forward https://youtu.be/a80dwn_R-mcThe post NIO unveils new all-electric sedan and fast-charging station appeared first on Electrek.last_img

Pendleton silver caps medal haul

first_imgCycling Topics William Fotheringham in Manchester Share on LinkedIn Share via Email A lone silver medal, for Victoria Pendleton in the keirin, made yesterday the least fruitful of the five days of the world track championships but did little to dampen British cycling’s euphoria. The hosts took nine out of a possible 18 gold medals and will travel to the Beijing Olympics with the rest of the world straggling in their wake.Apart from the opening day’s team sprint, the Great Britain squad won every Olympic event they targeted, producing the greatest winning haul in the history of these events and perhaps the best major championship performance by a British team in any sport. Share on Facebook Shares00 Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Sun 30 Mar 2008 19.19 EDT The highlights were a world record for the men’s team pursuit, the emergence of Rebecca Romero, winner of the women’s pursuit, and a win for Bradley Wiggins – a triple gold medallist here – and Mark Cavendish in Saturday’s madison.Some of the world championship disciplines will not figure in Beijing but the performance here would have won seven Olympic golds. “We’ve crushed everybody,” said the performance director, Dave Brailsford. “The opposition will go away and wonder what they have to do.”There is no feeling that Britain’s cyclists have peaked too early. “This takes the pressure off but Beijing will be the big one,” said Chris Hoy, the winner of the men’s sprint and keirin. The Scot believes the world has not yet seen the best of him and his team-mates. “There are little tweaks, new equipment we are bringing in, things we are holding back,” he said. “The whole team has more to give, and that’s the great thing.” Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email First published on Sun 30 Mar 2008 19.19 EDT Cycling Share on Twitter Read more Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Support The Guardian The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Victoria Pendleton Pendleton silver caps medal haullast_img read more

Grant in frame for Portsmouth post

first_imgTopics David Hytner and Jamie Jackson Shares00 Grant in frame for Portsmouth post Portsmouth Share on Twitter Share on Facebook First published on Mon 9 Feb 2009 21.21 EST Share via Email news Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Avram Grant is in line to succeed Tony Adams as Portsmouth’s manager, with Alan Curbishley, the other prominent candidate, preoccupied with resolving his legal dispute with West Ham United.Sven-Goran Eriksson is another coach under consideration at Fratton Park but the former England manager, who is under pressure in his job as Mexico coach, may take some persuading to come to the struggling Premier League club.The Portsmouth board is eager to make a swift appointment, having sacked Tony Adams on Sunday night after a dismal run of results, and it has sought talks with Grant, the former Chelsea manager. There has already been contact with the Israeli and it is thought that Grant’s thinking will become clearer today.Grant previously served Portsmouth as director of football, joining them in 2006 before he moved on to hold a similar post at Chelsea in July 2007. Two months later, after the departure of Jose Mourinho, Grant was promoted to manager.He retains close links to the Portsmouth owner, Alexandre Gaydamak, but it is understood that influential voices within the club’s dressing room are unimpressed at the prospect of Grant taking over. The Israeli ran Manchester United all the way last season in both the Premier League and Champions League – only John Terry’s missed penalty prevented him from a sensational triumph in Europe – yet, curiously, he is perceived in some quarters as damaged goods.Curbishley quit his post as West Ham’s manager at the beginning of the season, after he felt that key players had been sold against his wishes. He claims that he had a signed agreement which guaranteed him total control over transfers and that the club acted outside of that to render his position untenable. Although he walked out on his contract, he is suing for about £1.5m and, with West Ham contesting his assertions, the case is set to run and run, which would work against him returning to work at another club.Eriksson is not immediately available, although there are suggestions he could be sacked by Mexico if the team lose a World Cup qualifier against the United States in Columbus, Ohio, tomorrow. Avram Grant is the frontrunner to grab the Portsmouth job. Photograph: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport/PA Photos Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn This article is more than 10 years old Share via Email This article is more than 10 years old • Alan Curbishley preoccupied with West Ham dispute• Sven-Goran Eriksson also on Fratton Park shortlist Mon 9 Feb 2009 21.21 EST Reuse this content Portsmouthlast_img read more

West Ham to pay Sheffield United £10m in peace deal over Tevez

first_imgShare on Twitter West Ham United Bill Neenan Carlos Tevez has been the subject of a legal battle between former club West Ham and Sheffield United. Photograph: KIERAN DOHERTY/REUTERS West Ham United Sheffield United Thu 12 Mar 2009 21.32 EDT • Bramall Lane club will drop all complaints• FA and Premier League may impose further fines Shares33 Topics First published on Thu 12 Mar 2009 21.32 EDT Share on Pinterest West Ham to pay Sheffield United £10m in peace deal over Tevez affair West Ham United will pay compensation to Sheffield United in the long-running dispute over Carlos Tevez and the Sheffield club’s relegation in 2007, reports said last night.West Ham have agreed to pay more than £10m – to be paid in instalments over five years – and Sheffield United will withdraw all of its complaints against the London club, ending the legal battle that began with United arguing that Tevez’s participation in key matches in breach of the Premier League’s third-party agreement rules had been decisive in helping them to remain in the top league while Sheffield were relegated. United had been asking for £45m in compensation.An independent Football Association arbitration panel, headed by Lord Griffiths, sided with United against West Ham and ruled that Tevez was instrumental in the result. The panel were due to meet on Monday to determine the extent of compensation that should be involved but the hearing has now been cancelled in light of the agreement yesterday.West Ham still face the prospect of a further fine or a points deduction after the FA and Premier League announced a fresh investigation into the Tevez affair in January. The Hammers were originally fined £5.5m but the independent panel convened by the Premier League in April 2007 did not impose a points deduction. The FA and Premier League decided in January that the conclusions of Lord Griffiths, delivered in September, left them with no option but to return to the matter. Their lawyers have written to those involved asking them for written statements and arranging face-to-face interviews.The move will focus on the conduct of West Ham’s chief executive, Scott Duxbury, in the wake of the Premier League’s original ruling on the matter. Lord Griffiths ruled that Duxbury had provided Kia Joorabchian, the leader of the consortium that “owned” Tevez and his Argentinian international colleague Javier Mascherano, and his lawyer Graham Shear with a series of “oral cuddles”.”We have acted in good faith throughout the inquiries and investigations into this matter and fulfilled the undertakings given to the Premier League following the initial penalty,” said the club at the time. “We have nothing to hide and will ensure that this is once again reflected in our evidence to the FA and Premier League.”center_img Share on Facebook Share on Facebook news Share via Email Share on LinkedIn This article is more than 10 years old Share via Email Share on Twitter This article is more than 10 years old Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more